After calling the police on a group of experienced Black female golfers, a Pennsylvania golf club has issued an apology.
On Saturday, Sandra Thompson and four friends met to play at the Grandview Golf Club. All of the women are members of the club.
While the women were at the second hole, a white employee of the club approached them on two occasion and complained the women were not keeping up with the pace of play. After they were approached, another member of the group went up to a Grandview golf pro, who told the ladies they were fine, keeping the same pace as the group ahead, reported the Associated Press.
In order to avoid any further issues, the women still decided to skip the third hole.
The five are part of a larger group of local women known as Sisters in the Fairway. The group is comprised of experienced golfers who are extremely familiar with golfing etiquette.
At the ninth hole, a location where most golfers take a break before teeing off, three members of the group left because they were so rattled by their treatment.
“I felt we were discriminated against,” one of the women, Myneca Ojo, told the York Daily Record. “It was a horrific experience.”
Ojo posted a video of their interaction with the white employees before the police were called.
Thompson said the man from the second hole, identified as former York County Commissioner Steve Chronister, his son, club co-owner Jordan Chronister and several other white, male employees went up to the final two women again. This time, the women were told they took too long of a break and had to leave the course.
Although the women argued they took an appropriate break and the men behind them were still on their beer break, they were told that the police had been called.
Northern York County Regional Police arrived, conducted interviews and left without charging anyone.
“We were called there for an issue, the issue did not warrant any charges,” Northern York County Regional Police Chief Mark Bentzel told AP. “All parties left and we left as well.”
Jordan Chronister’s wife and co-owner of the club, JJ Chronister, said Sunday she called the women personally to apologize.
“We sincerely apologize to the women for making them feel uncomfortable here at Grandview, that is not our intention in any way,” she told the newspaper. “We want all of our members to feel valued and that they can come out here and have a great time, play golf and enjoy the experience.”
Thompson said she’s not sure a meeting is what needs to happen.
“There needs to be something more substantial to understand they don’t treat people in this manner,” she said.
(Photo: Michele De Paola / EyeEm / Getty Images)
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